Samsung to launch Net phone trial in the US

South Korea's phone maker Samsung Electronics and US-based Lucent Technologies are working together to offer a trial service of Samsung's Internet phone in the US next month.

SINGAPORE--South Korea's phone maker Samsung Electronics and US-based Lucent Technologies are working together to offer a trial service of Samsung's Internet phone in the US next month.

The new phone is said to be able to connect to high-speed networks and make long-distance and international calls at local rates, saving users up to 70 percent in phone bills, according to a statement by Samsung.

The commercial shipment to the North American market will begin in September.

According to a Singapore-based Samsung spokesperson, there are no specific plans on when the company will make the Internet phones available in Asia.

Separately, Samsung announced its net profit dropped 45 percent to 880 billion won (US$675 million) for the second quarter ended June 2001 compared with 1.6 trillion won for the same period of 2000.

The company also said that its profits for this quarter will fall and it plans to cut spending on semiconductor equipment by 1 trillion won to 5.5 trillion won.

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